Curriculum Vitae

Master of Music, Piano Performance (2008)
Master of Arts, Strategic Public Relations (2008)
Thesis: For the Love of Sensationalism: Denying Humanity to Victims of Media Coverage
University of Southern California
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance (2005)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, cum laude (2003)
University of Washington
Phi Beta Kappa

Academic Awards & Honors

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Chancellor's Fellow (2016-2021)
  • Yale University Department of Music Fellowship Student (2008-2009)
  • General Motors Strategic Public Relations Summer Fellowship, Finalist (2006)
    (Declined consideration for the fellowship because of alternative summer plans)
  • American Musicological Society Committee for Cultural Diversity Travel Fund Award (2006)
    Recipient of funding to attend the 2006 AMS/SMT Annual Conference
  • Avon Scholarship Program for Representatives (2002-2004)
    Recipient of three $2000 annual scholarships
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society (Inducted 2003)
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology (Inducted 2003)
  • Annual Dean's List (University of Washington) (2002-2003)
  • Quarterly Dean's List (University of Washington) (2001-2003)
  • Biography published in The National Dean's List, 2001-2002 (2002)

Academic Activities

  • University of Southern California Chinese Students Association (2005-2008)
  • University of Washington Collegium Musicum (2003-2004)
  • University of Washington University Chorale (2002-2003)
  • Public Relations Society of America (2002-2003)
  • Circle K (Kiwanis) (2002-2003)
  • University of Washington Music Students Association, Secretary (2001-2002)
  • Key Club (Kiwanis) (1998-2000)

Mak, Siu-Yin. “Ashkenazy, Vladamir,” “Perlman, Itzhak,” and “Salonen, Esa-Pekka.” In Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century. Edited by Chris Moose. California: Salem Press (2009).
______. “The Prefiguratio Christi: Prefiguration in Introit Tropes of Southern Italy.” Musicological Explorations 9 (2008): 45-65.
______. “Profile: Adam Gilbert.” Southern California Early Music News 31, No. 3 (2006): 1-6.
______. “Symbiosis in the Studio” (statistical study). Distributed online by the Music Teachers Association of California (2008).

Conference Paper
Mak, Siu-Yin. “Suicide and Homicide on the Stage of Renaissance Italy: Sociological Implications of Entertainment Violence.” Presented on April 5, 2008, at the “Music and Politics” conference, hosted by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Professional and Administrative Activities

  • Las Vegas Music Teachers Association, Board Member (2012-present)
  • Las Vegas Music Teachers Association, President (2014-2016)
  • Nevada Music Teachers Association, Board Member (2014-2016)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs, Las Vegas Junior Festival Board Member (2012-2015)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs, Nevada State President (2013-2014)
  • Collaborative Artists EastWest (CAEW), Director of Public Relations (2009-2011)
  • Pianists in Collaboration (2005-2009), Founding Member
  • Southern California Early Music Society, Board Member, Events Coordinator (2005-2008)
  • Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador (2004-2005)
  • Organization of Chinese Americans, Racial Profiling Workshop Steering Committee Co-Chair (2004)

Community Involvement

  • American Musicological Society (2005-2009, 2012-present)
  • Music Teachers National Association (2002-2005, 2009-present)
  • Bellevue Boys & Girls Club, Gymnastics Coach (1998-1999)
  • Chinese Information & Service Center Summer School, Counselor (1998)
  • Vacation Bible School, Counselor (1997)


  • Silver State Competition (Las Vegas, NV) (2012, 2013)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs, Junior Festival (Las Vegas, NV) (2013)
  • Reno Youth Music Festival (Reno, NV) (2013)
  • Las Vegas Music Teachers Association Ensemble Festival (2012)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs, Junior Festival (Seattle, WA) (2004)


  • Private Piano Instructor (1999-present)
  • Nevada School of the Arts, Piano Faculty (2012-2015)
  • Magnolia United Methodist Church, Pianist (2011-2012)
  • Shoreline United Methodist Church, Pianist & Music Director (2010-2012)
  • Crown Hill United Methodist Church, Pianist (2010-2012)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Center at Yale (GPSCY), Staff (2009)
  • International Institute for Young Musicians (Lawrence, KS), Counselor/Administrator (2008)
  • Pialish Music School, Piano Faculty (2006-2007)
  • Victoria's Secret, Sales Specialist (2004-2005)
  • Avon, Independent Representative (2001-2005)
  • Seeds of Learning School (Renton, Redmond, WA), Piano Faculty (2003-2004)
  • First United Methodist Church of Bellevue, Childcare Supervisor (2001-2004)
  • Sanrio Gift Gate, Sales Associate (2000)